Meteorologists eyeing chance for severe storms Friday

August 06, 2012|By Scott Dance

Storms packing strong winds swept through parts of Baltimore and across the mid-Atlantic Sunday evening, and meteorologists are eyeing another chance for dangerous weather coming to the region Friday.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center is including most of Maryland, from Frederick to the east, in an area that stands a 30 percent risk of severe storms Friday. AccuWeather blogger Henry Margusity is expecting a similar area of threat Friday, with a particular risk of flash flooding in some areas.

The threat of more severe weather follows what has been an active storm season since the derecho storm that struck June 29.

The tally of power outages from Sunday evening storms is about 17,000, according to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, 662 BGE customers remained without power, most in Baltimore and Eldersburg.

Winds knocked down tree branches 5-6 inches wide in Highlandtown and a chain-link fence around construction work at the former Highlandtown Middle School near Patterson Park. Trees were reported down in Harford County, in Darlington and Norrisville, and a barn roof was torn off north of Frederick, according to reports made to the National Weather Service.

While the storm caused isolated brief downpours, the official tally at BWI Marshall Airport was zero. Nearly an inch fell near Loch Raven Reservoir, but totals across most of Carroll, Howard, Baltimore and Harford counties were closer to a third of an inch on average, according to CoCoRaHS, a network of backyard weather spotters.

Have a weather question? E-mail me at sdance@baltsun.com or tweet to @MdWeather.

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